Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Yakima GloryYakima Glory

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
According to the brewery's website: "A dark IPA".

Available November to January.

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Photo of JRed
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bubbly amber-brown with foamy khaki head. Aroma of slight cinnamon, cola, grass, evergreen. Big and tasty: cinnamon, cola, and then hop presence soaks thru, evergreen, mint, mild lemon, grassy but without the hop bite. Booze is detected toward the finish but in no way a nuisance. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A very drinkable boozy delight.

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Photo of Dubber55
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by: Nov. 8 2012

Pours a clear dark amber with 1/4 finger of head

The smell is mainly piney, earthy hops with some booze with a slight whiff of roasted malt.

Taste is the same as the smell- bitter, earthy piney hops, some grass and booze. There is a slight taste of roasted malts and coffee as the beer warms up. The finish is dry and bitter

Mouthfeel is medium with some low carbonation. Leaves a little cottonmouth feeling from the all the bitterness of the hops.

I'm assuming this beer is really fresh which is why I am tasting all hops and very little in the way of roasted malts. Tastes more like a regular IPA right now. Does a good job of hiding the alcohol though. Solid brew but not really my style so I don't know if I would drink it again.

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Photo of SkipWeathers
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saw this as a single on the shelf and remembered how much I liked it last year. Very hoppy, but nice dark color. Bitter and sweet but not syrupy. Velvet texture on palate. Slight sourness. Not much head, good alcohol percentage though. Reminds me a bit of DFH Indian Brown, just a bit more hops.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear black color ale with a average size foamy head with good carbonation and light lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with light resin and piney notes is satisfying. Taste is more focused on dry roasted malt then hops though some resin and piney notes still comes trough. Body is light with good carbonation. Not sure if I had an old bottle or what but this is below the standard of the style.

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Photo of DavidST
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter, best by Nov 2012. This pours dark brown almost black color with a small tan head which quickly dissipates and leaves a lacing. The smells are of pine hops, coffee, molasses and caramel. The feel is medium. The taste is pretty great, lots of spicy black pepper, some dark malts, a little more spice and it finishes with some hop bitterness and a little alcohol burn, dang good stuff.

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Photo of azdback
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my custom etched "dead man's hand" pint glass. Dark, dark brown color. Almost black but not quite. Highlights are lighter brown and the head is a creamy one finger and light brown or khaki in color. Lace looks kind of sticky for now.

Smell is of dark roasted malts. Light coffee and some vanilla. A bit of brown sugar or light molasses. Just a hint of alcohol. Quite nice.

Taste is much like the smell. Light roasted coffee. Some vanilla and sweet brown sugar. There is some hop bitterness and the alcohol leaves the throat a bit warm.

Mouth is crisp, but smooth. Carbonation is on the creamy side. Body is full and the finish is average and sways towards wet.

Overall I was very surprised by this one. I am on a "Black Ale/IPA" quest right now and believe that Stone 15th Anniversary is the pinnacle of the category. This one is much lighter but still dark roasted and a great example of the style. If you are into this style you must try this one.

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Photo of jmarklan
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Victory pint glass.

Very dark mahogany brown with a nice tan head. Good retention.

Lots of hops in the aroma. A hint of roasted malt in the back.

Hops dominate the flavor, pine and grapefruit on a very lean base of roasty, caramely malts. The high level of alcohol is virtually unnoticeable.

Solid mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, just right.

If you're into very hoppy brews this is one for you. Personally i'd like something with a touch more malt balance but it's still damn good.

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Photo of curasowa
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mahogany color with two fingers of tan head that fade slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malt, molasses and faint earthy hops

Taste: Sweet, creamy malt initially before becoming pretty nutty in the middle, then some bitterness starts to show up towards the end that really cuts the sweetness. The hops are a bit piney, but mostly pretty earthy. Finish is slightly lingering and nutty with some residual bitterness.

The Rest: Another winner from victory. Great malt flavor and no hint of almost 9% alcohol.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

This beer pours a dark mahogany, ruby, near brown color with a thick, big-bubbled light brown/khaki colored head that leaves lots of thick, chunky stick to the glass.

A somewhat spicy and earthy aroma with a bright floral and pine quality--probably the best part of this beer.

The flavor follows the aroma--black peppers, earthy and caramelly malts, toasted malts, and some pine hops along with a bit of an alcohol presence.

Medium to full bodied with ample carbonation.

A decent, piney, earthy black? ale, even though this isn't anywhere close to black in color.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: handsome garnet. Tannish medium full head on the pour that recedes quickly.
Smell: piney hops up front. Some floral and grapefruit.
Taste: Hoppy on the start, followed by a some sweetness, then after a quite long finish a slight bitterness. Impressive.
Mouthfeel: Unexpectedly creamy and full.
Overall: not black, certainly not pale, but sure is good.

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Photo of Haufniensis
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.23.2011. First beer review ever. Yakima Glory Ale – Victory Brewing. ABV: 8.7

I acquired this beer as part of a variety pack. The variety pack had a much sought after Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and a Chub Scotch Ale in it along with some others I’ve wanted to try but never had. Never heard of this one. Don’t know Victory Brewing. Who knows what I am getting into here with a “dark IPA”…

Appearance: Reddish-brown color. Half inch head dissipates quickly, but not completely. Leaves a little lacing. Color looks unlike any other IPA I have ever had. I’ve had pale, black, reddish… nothing like this. But it’s a good different. Nice color. Grade: 4.5

Smell: Malty, almost stout like. Red wine. Nuts. Very pleasant. But again, not very IPA-like. Grade: 4.5
Taste: Not as hoppy as I was expecting from the IPA label. Probably best not to call this an IPA. Taste is consistent with appearance and nose. Tastes like a strong red lager more than a standard IPA. A little citrus. Sweet candy. Some coffee. No alcohol burn, but something in there bites the tongue a little. Guess that’s the well-hidden hops. Grade: 3.5

Mouth: Medium body. Sticky. A little too much carbonation. Grade: 3.5

Overall: I could drink this again. Not excellent, but something a little different. A solid B overall.

Served: 12-Bottle poured into a hurricane glass (Relatively new to the craft world. I’ve requested proper beerware for Xmas. For now, my very old free-with-the-purchase-of-a-long-island-iced-tea glass does the job)

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Photo of MDDMD
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark amber color with a light tan thick head and good lacing

S-richroasted malt with citrus and yeast notes and nice bitter hop aroma

T-citrus an malt flavor with a serong hop finish which lasts

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a delicious ale with a bold hop flavor

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Photo of gtermi
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer pours a nice dark brown with a thin white head.

S: The smell blows me away. It's like sniffing a cup full of wet hops. It also has some fruit scents, but mostly hops.

T: The taste is a lot more settle than I expected. It sort of taste like pineapple, some pine and a bit of malt.

M: The beer is super smooth and has hardly any crispness. For sure one of the better feeling beers.

O: This is a great beer. I enjoy the Arrogant Bastard style scent, but how it suprises you with a very easy and settle taste.

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Photo of coldriver
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass. Pours deep amber with adequate head and lacing. Citrusy hop aroma. Taste is a little light for the American Black Ale style but a very nice citrus hop blend and slightly dark malt. This is a very nice beer, not true to the style but as a crossover between straight IPA and Black ale I'm digging it.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip small glass, color is brown with amber hues, not quite a black ale, head is light tan with great lacing.

Smell is hop forward with piney hops, hints of citrus quickly followed by soild mix of caramel malt and roasted malt.

Taste is great, so hard to believe this comes in at close to 9% abv, caramel malt and light roasted malt mix well with some resiny hop flavors, most pine, but very well done.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the strong on the tongue, but expected for this type of ale, good mix of hop bitterness and caramel malt.

Overall, great beer, one of the few seasonals i pick up a full case of, great balance and mix of hops and malt.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown, with one inch tan head, that sticks around awhile and then settles into a film of bubbles. Plenty of lacing. Smell is pine, grapefruit, hints dark chocolate, and some grass. The taste is all of that, but much more intense. Some strong coffee notes and boy is this a hoppy beast. Body is perfect, neither thick or thin and that makes it dangerously drinkable. Lots of life and on the dry side. This is a great beer, with a great price, and you know how old it is. This beauty is 17 days old.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear and deep amber bown in color, with a coarse and dense tan head, which retains very well, and abundant, thick and patchy lacing.

Aroma: Massive notes of pine hops dominate the aroma, beneath this, there are raisins, black bread, caramel, and earth.

Taste: The taste opens with dark malts and over-the-top hops. As the taste progresses, the malt and hops vie for ascendency, but in the end, neither trumps the other. Along the way, there are also flavors of roasted nuts, caramel, earth, and black bread, as well as the contributions of grapefruit rind and pine from the hops. The taste draws to a close with toasted bread notes and a lingering hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very soft, pleasant.

Drinkabilty/notes: A very well-made example, and more than appropriate for cooler weather. I think that this beer would be spectacular if made with the same malt bill and fewer hops, in order to emphasize the malt profile.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a garnet amber hue with brilliant clarity, nice tan head that settles to a nice thin cap with gobs of lacing.

Caramel breadiness that has a hint of roasty grain goodness that fights to be in this bit of a hop bomb like american barleywine type maltiness.Very herbal hop with some citric like qualities.

Hoppy citrus with a pronounced maltiness that follows the nose, smooth caramel and a hint of roast but mostly paler type malt. The VERY bitter finish plays well with this sweet maly goodness.

Highly drinkable the mouthfeel is a creamed out caramel malty hop bomb that goes down very well for the apparent barleywine like body and flavor profile.

This on drinks like it wants you to consume mass quantities but the abv should be remembered, as it is very well hidden.

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Photo of Doshkin
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - definitely not black... this is a very very deep orange, ALMOST red. about an inch of solid light yellow / cream colored head with medium retention

honestly danieelol in the review before me nailed the smell and taste pretty spot on, so i'm quoting on this section (hope you don't mind danieelol!)

"Smell is lactic- soured milk, caramel and hops. Some roast and toffee.

Taste is malty- fruity, roasty and toffee. Lots of bitterness and bitter aftertaste."

i will add that the hop character is mostly spicy, very slightly citrus/floral

m - probably my favorite part of this brew. it is very smooth, medium body, and not dry at all for how bitter the brew is.

o - pretty hoppy and bitter, i would say this is more of a darker (not black) ipa for sure. the higher alcohol percentage gives a subtle warming feeling after you swallow and wait a little bit. i could myself see enjoying this on a chilly day again, even though the beer didn't stand out to me too much

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Photo of danieelol
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark, malt toffee colour. Good head and lacing. Looks more like a brown ale than a black IPA.

Smell is lactic- soured milk, caramel and hops. Some roast and toffee.

Taste is malty- fruity, roasty and toffee. Lots of bitterness and bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium. Lots of bitterness.

Overall I don't think this is really a Black IPA at all. Drinks more like a strong ale with some English influences. Lots of toffee and caramel malt with punishing bitterness. Very interesting and unique beer which is worth trying.

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Photo of spicelab
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355mL bottle thanks to Lukie.

Dark mahogany with a towering tan head. Healthy lacing and a raised ring.

Rich toffee malt character, with raisins, golden syrup and stewed plums. The strength of the malts makes for mostly candied hop character, with pineapple and orange quite apparent. Notwithstanding, there are also notes of Chinese tea and fresh minty pine.

The hops assert a little more in the taste, with strong Chinese tea and a earthy pine bitterness. Later on, roast coffee and burnt toast come through, somewhat alleviating my skepticism as to why this is called an American Black Ale. Caramel and bready malt backbone remains solid enough to balance the domineering elements of the hop character.

Not a huge mouthfeel for the ABV. Pretty smooth overall with moderate mid-palate bitterness that has deceptive length.

Strikes me as more of an (Imperial) Red than an ABA, but it's bloody tasty regardless. The choice and proportions of malt and hops demonstrate a brewer who knows their shit.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.3/5  rDev -67%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer had parts about it that I loved, and parts I hated.

It is a very nice looking beer with a nice copper color and a super head that retains very well. The smell of the beer is nice, consisting mostly of oily hops. The mouth feel is good being slightly carbonated and medium bodied. The beer starts very malty, but almost instantly these malts vanish and your left with spicy hops that linger for far too long. Bad hops with no midrange flavor profile.

Some things were nice about this beer but some things weren't as well.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brown hue with a thin tan head that leaves some decent retention and a beautiful ring of lacing around the beer. The smell is a nice combination of chocolate malts and citrus hops. The taste starts out with some hops followed by some chocolate malts and than more hops attack the palate followed by some sweet malts and the finish leaves some hops on the tongue. A very complex hoppy beer that has a nice smooth, easy to drink mouthfeel that leaves you dry and wanting more. With a beer this good all I can say is Victory Brewing is living up to its name.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask @ O'Reilly's Tap room served in a shaker pint.

The beer arrives with a dark bronze appearance and crimson highlighted with light tan cap that settles to thin crust, The bead is fine and lace sticks in a sheet. The smell is good
but the cask accentuates the malt with a slight cocoa and toast aroma with some floral and citrus from the hops with hint of brown sugar and alcohol. The feel is decent with som strong roast and moderate bitterness with subtle hop acidity and mild carbonation giving the feel a smoother oily finish with a sharp bite.

The taste is slightly roasted malt with piney hop backing in the swallow, there is a slight citrus edge, not quite what I would call grapefruit in the middle with the resinous element bringing out more spice with slight sweet nutty tinge from the malt with subtle dark toast and mild alcohol in the taste. There is more heat in the finish with sharpness from the hops lingering. Overall I feel this is good, but it straddles the fence between a hoppy Imperial brown and the black IPA which doesn't fit to me. There is a lot of roasted character which seems to cover some of the hops, but overall a nice American strong ale.

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Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Robust, resinous hop aroma with a slightly roasty, toffee laden malt note. Nicely balanced on the nose.

Slightly hazy red-brown colour with a small, creamy tan head.

Lush and full of creamy, caramelised malts that gives way to a moderately bitter, densely resinous ale. Very nice.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A really solid ale and my type of dark, hoppy ale. Lots of flavour with great hop character.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,659 ratings.
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